Training Staff

Matt Vogel

Head Coach - Transylvania University Men's Soccer

Director of College Preparatory Program

Transylvania University (2014-present)

  • HCAC Coach of the Year (2017)
  • 2x Regular Season HCAC Champions (2014, 2017)
  • 2x HCAC Tournament Champions (2017,2018)
  • NCAA Tournament (2017, 2018)
  • 4 Regional All-Americans
  • 4 Conference Players of the Year
  • 1 All-American Selection
  • 1 MLS Player

Club Soccer (2004-2018)

  • 3-Time KYSA State Cup Champion (2013, 2x 2014)
  • 5-Time State Finalist (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • Coached Lexington FC's first National League Team
    • 1995 Boys White
      • Ranked as high as #3 in country by and SoccerInCollege
  • Placed over 100 players into college soccer programs
  • KYSA Competitive Coach of the Year (2011)
  • Region II Competitive Coach of the Year (2011)
  • Coached MLS Draft Picks, All-Americans, and KHSAA Players of the Year

US Soccer A-Senior License, NSCAA Premier Diploma

SCCC, PES, CSCS, USAW-Sports Performance

In 2017, having won the HCAC Coach of the Year award, Vogel became the first coach to have been awarded Conference Player of the Year during their playing career and then to later win Coach of the Year as a coach in the Heartland Conference.

Over the course of Vogel’s five-year tenure, the Pioneers men’s soccer program has enjoyed a return to glory, a resurgence which hit its latest peak in the 2018 season, having won back to back HCAC Tournament Titles as well as back to back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In Vogel’s fourth season, Transylvania won its first HCAC regular season and tournament titles in four years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the Vogel era and the first time since 2012.

2017 reaped dividends for the Transylvania men’s soccer program from a foundation Vogel established upon his return to Transy in 2014. Under the leadership of Vogel, the Pioneers produced the HCAC Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players in Riley Calhoon and Tyler-Joy Brandon.

Vogel designed a back line in 2017 which became a nationally-regarded defensive juggernaut, ranking fifth nationally during the regular season in goals-against average (0.37 GAA) while sophomore goalkeeper Drew Grisham ranked eighth in the country in goals-against average. The Pioneers produced 12 clean sheets in the 2017 season, culminating in Joy-Brandon earning United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-American honors. The Pioneers won their first 11 games of the 2017 season, which eventually led to an 8-1 run through the HCAC slate and a regular season championship.

The Pioneers continued their streak through the HCAC Tournament, earning a 2-1 victory over Rose-Hulman for their first HCAC Conference Tournament title since 2012. The Pioneers advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 1-0 to Kenyon in a tightly-contested defensive performance. While the Pioneers’ run to the NCAA Tournament ended in the first round last season, their 2017 run has set the tone for the next step in the program’s evolution.

The hallmark 2017 campaign built upon a 2016 run that witnessed Transy post its best regular season in four years, finishing 12-3-3 and going 7-1-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. With a young and talented squad boosted by a backbone of a few key upperclassmen, the Pioneers became regionally ranked by the NSCAA for the first time in five years and finished 2nd in HCAC play, just short of another conference title.

Ranked nationally in several offensive and defensive categories, the Pioneers went undefeated at home during the regular season and went their first seven games of the season without defeat. At season’s end, 10 Pioneers earned all-conference honors, including freshman Jason Murillo landing Freshman of the Year honors, and Tyler Joy-Brandon being selected to the NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region Team.

In his first season, Vogel led the Pioneers to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and fell just short of a NCAA tournament bid, falling in double overtime in the HCAC championship. Under Vogel, the Transy offense was the most potent in the conference, averaging 2.5 goals per contest and tallying 31 assists. The Pioneer defense was just as effective, limiting opponents to a mere 0.94 goals per contest. The defensive unit recorded six shutouts, tying an HCAC record. Seven Pioneers earned all-conference honors following the 2014 season, including freshman Riley Calhoon landing Freshman of the Year honors.

Vogel is a 2008 Transylvania graduate in exercise science and business administration and former Pioneer varsity student-athlete for three seasons. He received the prestigious 2008 Transylvania Male Athlete of the Year award, while also being a two-time All-American selection by NSCAA and, the 2007 Heartland conference Player of the Year, a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection, a three-time All HCAC selection, a three-Time Transylvania Soccer MVP, and led the team to its first ever NCAA tournament “Sweet 16” appearance in 2007. He also earned a varsity letter in 2004 from the University of Kentucky.

Vogel possesses a distinguished coaching resume. In his early coaching career prior to Transy, Matt earned such honors as 2012 NSCAA Div. II KY State Coach of the Year, 2012 KHSAA High School Boys Small Schools Coach of the Year, 2011 Region II Boys Competitive Coach of the Year, and the 2011 Kentucky Boys Competitive Coach of the Year. He has earned these honors as the Head Coach at Mercer County High School, Head Coach at Lexington FC, and Staff Coach with the Kentucky Olympic Development Program. In addition, Vogel earned valuable knowledge as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Kentucky, overseeing several athletics teams during his time there.

Vogel holds a Premier Diploma from United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) and has the A-Senior License from US Soccer.

Patrick Farmer

Head Coach - Transylvania University Women's Soccer

2 Time National Coach of the Year

2 Time NCAA Champion

Penn State University

  • 1999 Final Four
  • 3 Elite Eight Appearances
  • 4 Sweet Sixteen Appearances
  • 3 Regular Season Big Ten Championships
  • 2 Big Ten Tournament Championships

New York Power (WUSA)

  • Head Coach 2 Years
  • Professional Women's Soccer

Ithaca College

  • 2x National Champion

Cornell, Syracuse, and Tennesee Tech

  • Head Coach
  • Multiple NCAA Tournament Appearances

US Soccer A-License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, UEFA Prelim Badge

Longtime women’s soccer coaching legend Patrick Farmer is in his first season as Transylvania women’s soccer head coach for the 2018 season.

After completing a successful five-year run as head coach of NCAA Division I Cornell University of the Ivy League in 2016, the Hall-of-Fame coach makes his return to the pitch for Transylvania for the upcoming 2018 fall season following a brief retirement.

Farmer brings to Transylvania over three decades worth of coaching experience across NCAA Division I, Division III and professional women’s soccer levels, 23 years as a head coach.

Farmer constructed a national championship program at Division III Ithaca College from 1987 through 1993, assembling a record of 110-23-23 and leading the Bombers to back-to-back national titles in 1990 and 1991. His arrival at Ithaca in 1987 was marked by an instant impact, leading Ithaca to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.

Farmer followed the 1987 season with back-to-back trips to the NCAA National Semifinals in each of the next two seasons, resulting in Farmer being named the 1989 NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. His monumental tenure at Ithaca was recognized as Farmer was inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Following his tenure at Ithaca, Farmer took over at Division I Penn State University in 1994 when the Nittany Lions were starting a brand new women’s soccer program. Like Ithaca, Penn State enjoyed immediate success under Farmer as it went 14-4-1 in the 1994 season. One season later, Penn State advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and the program won its first Big Ten championship in 1998. 1999 was a season to remember for Farmer and Penn State as the Nittany Lions made an NCAA National Semifinal appearance in 1999 and Farmer was named the NSCAA/Adidas Division I National Coach of the Year.

In 2001, Farmer ascended to the realm of professional women’s soccer, becoming the head coach of the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association. Following a two-year stint with the Power, Farmer served as head coach at Tennessee Tech and Syracuse, and later as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin.

In 23 years as a head coach at Ithaca, Penn State, Tennessee Tech, Syracuse, and Cornell, Farmer has amassed a 286-131-46 coaching record. After his final head coaching stint in 2007, Farmer ranked 13th on the all-time wins list among active NCAA Division I women’s soccer head coaches.

Farmer’s soccer coaching credentials include an NSCAA Premier diploma, a Prelim badge from the England Football Association, and a United States Soccer Federation “A” license.

“I really enjoyed my previous coaching experience in Division III soccer and am looking forward to the opportunity to be involved again,” adds Farmer.

Farmer comes to Transylvania from Old Forge, New York of the Adirondacks region. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Lawrence University, where he began his coaching career as a head coach for the men’s skiing team and an assistant with the men’s soccer team.

Zach Meerkreebs

Goalkeeper Coach - Men's Soccer - Transylvania University

Transylvania University 2016-present

  • Produced 3 HCAC All-Conference Goalkeepers in 3 years
  • Highest GK save percentage in the Heartland Conference
    • All 3 years since serving as GK Coach
  • Ranked 5th nationally in Goals Against Average 2017
    • 0.37 GAA
  • Produced the First Goalkeeper to win HCAC Tournament MVP in the history of the conference

Zach Meerkreebs in his third second season working with the Transylvania men's soccer team in 2018 as a goalkeeper coach. Meerkreebs specializes in developing and training goalkeepers for the Transylvania men's soccer teams.

Meerkreebs brings 20 years of playing experience to his goalkeeping specialist assignment for the Pioneers, including time spent in his playing days with the Colorado Soccer Association Olympic Development program.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Meerkreebs played college soccer for NAIA Division II Indiana Wesleyan University and worked with goalkeepers during his time there.

Matt Hadley

Goalkeeper Coach - Women's Soccer - Transylvania University

Transylvania University Women's soccer 2018-present

  • Goalkeepers averaged only 0.73 GAA (goals against average) in 2018, down from 1.55 GAA in 2017
  • 2nd lowest goals against average in regular season and HCAC play in 2018
  • 89.1% save percentage in 2018

NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma, US Soccer National D License

Transylvania alum Matt Hadley enters his first year as goalkeeper coach for the Transylvania women’s soccer program in the 2018 season.

As a former volunteer coach with Transylvania men’s soccer, Hadley assisted over a three-year span that saw the team reach national rankings and a conference championship before advancing to the NCAA tournament during their 2017 campaign.

Hadley currently holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma along with a USSF National D License while also serving as a Kentucky ODP staff coach and a head/goalkeeping coach at Lexington FC.